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J Thromb Haemost. 2006 May;4(5):1078-85.

The prothrombin 20209 C-->T mutation in Jewish-Moroccan Caucasians: molecular analysis of gain-of-function of 3' end processing.

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  • 1Departments of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.



Mutations of the 3' end mRNA-processing signal of the prothrombin (F2) gene have been reported to cause elevated F2 plasma concentrations, thrombosis, and complications of pregnancy. Whereas the common F2 20210*A mutation is almost exclusively found in Caucasians, the F2 20209*T mutation has been reported in Afro-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans only.


Using LightCycler technology, three unrelated Jewish-Moroccan patients tested for obstetric complications were found to be carriers of the F2 20209*T allele. A detailed molecular analysis was performed to identify the functional impact of this mutation.


We report three unrelated women of Jewish-Moroccan origin with a F2 20209*T mutation and fetal loss or infertility. The functional analysis revealed that the F2 20209*T mutation stimulates 3' end processing and up-regulates prothrombin protein expression as assessed by a highly sensitive luminescence-based reporter system.


This is the first report of 20209*T in Caucasians, and functional analysis demonstrates that F2 20209*T falls into a general category of mutations of the F2 gene, which may possibly contribute to thrombophilia and complications of pregnancy by interfering with a tightly balanced architecture of non-canonical F2 3' end formation signals.

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